SOS may update tech after voting problem

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) — A problem at some Norton Shores polling places on Nov. 4 may result in an upgrade to Michigan Secretary of State technology.

The problem was that some election clerks accidentally downloaded the August list of registered voters for Nov. 4 election, meaning that some people who had since registered weren’t included. At the time, the Norton Shores city clerk told 24 Hour News 8 that no one was turned away because of the problem, but some decided to leave instead of waiting in long lines to vote.

Fred Wooodhams, a spokesperson with the Secretary of State’s Office, told 24 Hour News 8 that the statemay updated the electronic poll book so clerks can only choose the correct lists on voting days.

The Secretary of State would like to have the update in place by the next voting cycle, but it’s still too early in the process to know exactly when it will happen, Woodhams said.

On Nov. 4, the problem was handled differently by differing polling locations. Some election workers called the clerk’s office to confirm voters and later switched to hardcopy poll books, which had been updated properly. The computers were updated by around noon.

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